On Friday 28th October 2016 the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation were invited to the Wire FM Local Hero Awards at the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington for an event organised by the local radio station and media outlet Wire FM.
As far as I knew, we had been invited alongside many other local groups and Charities to celebrate local people who had gone out of their way to make a difference for other in our local communities. Myself and my partner attended on behalf of the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation and I can honestly say that I didn’t expect to receive anything in terms of an award.
It was a huge shock and surprise therefore to see the name of the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation and my name in particular, up on the projector screen when it came to the award for ‘Contribution to Charity’ and up until the point of the announcement of the winner I thought the Foundation had just received a nomination from somebody.
But that wasn’t the case!
There had been nominations made and prior to the event the decision on the ‘Contribution to Charity’ Award was decided, and I can honestly say that I was gobsmacked to receive the award, for my personal commitment towards making a difference.
The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation was never formed so that we could receive awards, it was truly to make a difference to others in mums name, and I think the last 12 months we have been able to lay some strong foundations in place that will help us to achieve great things.
The award of ‘Contribution to Charity’ I suppose just reinforces to me that what we are doing is a good thing, and that local people are recognising what we are trying to do, and supporting us, and we are indeed very proud to receive such a fantastic accolade, it will take pride of place in my own home until we are in a position to display it in an office for the Charity.
We have lots of hard work ahead but to receive such a special award certainly re-energises me and gives me even more hope for the future and positive thoughts about the difference that the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation can make.